Utkatasana Yoga For Improving Your Legs Strength

By Patricia | May 15, 2009
Utkatasana Yoga

Yoga is probably one of the most misunderstood and underrated forms of exercise. Most people think that yoga is the exclusive domain of ascetics, women, and old people. However, this is far from true.

Yoga is a holistic form of exercise that was developed thousands of years ago in ancient India. Although the exact origins of this ancient therapeutic art are lost in the mists of time, it is said that the knowledge of yoga was handed down to ancient sages by the gods.

Yes yoga is old, but it is still very relevant if not more relevant for this day and age. The relevance of yoga today is so much more because of the increasing stress and pressure of our modern day lives. This is because yoga can not only provide you with physical benefits; it also does wonders for your mind and emotions.

Yoga is also an excellent alternative to many conventional forms of exercise. If you think that yoga cannot more you fitter and stronger, think again. Lets us take a look at how you can use the yoga exercise Utkatasana (Awkward Chair Pose) to increase the strength in your legs.

How to perform the Utkatasana. You start this posture by standing in the Tadasana (Mountain pose). Inhale deeply and raise both your hands over your head, keeping your arms straight. Feel the stretch along your chest and spine. Now exhales and lower your knees so that your upper body is at 45 degrees to the floor. Ensure that you keep your back straight at all time. The lowering motion must be performed by your thighs, knees, and hips alone. Try to remain in this posture for 20 to 30 seconds. Then slowly return to the starting position.

Benefits of Utkatasana. As you can see, the technique which is used in the Utkatasana is similar to performing a squat. However, keeping your hands stretched above your head adds to the difficulty of the maneuver and really puts extra strain on your legs.

The Utkatasana is one of the best yoga postures for improving leg strength. This posture also works the core muscles as you have to keep them in a rigid position while holding the pose. Performing this Asana also stretches the back, chest, shoulders, and arms and can help to relive stress and tension. The Utkatasana also stimulates the heart, diaphragm, and abdominal organs.

Precautions. The Utkatasana should not be performed by those who suffer from low blood pressure, insomnia, or headaches.

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